Solar cells can cover large parts of Denmark's electricity consumption and help to reduce CO2 emissions.
However, the potential is being exploited far from today, where architects are demanding solar cell solutions with a greater focus on aesthetics. Therefore, in the spring, Lindab launches a steel roof with integrated solar cells to promote renewable energy production without compromising architecture. Even before launch, the nominee for the Building Energy Award 2020 has been nominated.
If only half of Danish households received solar cells on the roof, all of Denmark's electricity consumption could be covered in a cloudless hour, and we would be closer to the long-term ambition of a CO2-neutral Denmark. This shows an analysis from Energinet.dk, which illustrates the great potential of solar cells in relation to renewable energy production. However, the potential is being exploited far from today, with only 15% of the total electricity consumption covered in the sunniest hours.
“We find that many architects would like to build with solar cells because of the energy benefits, but they are restrained due to aesthetic considerations. It simply does not become an integral part of the house's architecture and expression when the solar cells are retrofitted to the roof as independent elements. That is why we have developed a new steel roof named SolarRoof, which combines roofs and solar cells into an integrated solution, ”says Lene Agger, Lindab development engineer.
Lindab SolarRoof is the result of the company's many years of experience as a steel roof supplier combined with the latest technology in solar energy.
Great demand for aesthetic solutionI
Lindab wants to work for a greener future and help make solar cells a matter of course on the Danish rooftops. A steel roof with integrated solar cells that meets the aesthetic requirements that can make more people change the roof with a solar cell roof.
“It is a product that is in great demand because the building regulations for energy requirements for 2020 are expected to be built with solar cells. So far, it has been a challenge for the architects because of the aesthetic aspect, but it solves SolarRoof. Because the solar cells are integrated into the roof, it can produce energy without compromising architecture, ”says Lene Agger.
Sustainable on several levels
Lindab SolarRoof is produced as Lindab's traditional click roof, but with solar panels glued on top of the roof plate. It complements the roof's architecture while simplifying installation. In addition, renewable energy production makes the solar cell a good business for both the economy and the environment.
The new solar cell roof is thus sustainable on several levels, which speaks right into Lindab's own corporate philosophy:
“At Lindab, we want to contribute to what we call Good Thinking, which is about developing smarter and more sustainable products that at the same time benefit our customers' business and make the world greener. And SolarRoof lives up to that, as it allows customers to produce electricity so they can live more green, but also in a more global perspective, the solar cell can help reduce the world's total CO2 emissions, ”says Lene Agger.
Lindab SolarRoof will be introduced in Denmark at the exhibition Construction '20, which will be held on 10-13 March 2020.